2016 Tesla Model X: The Doors Are Dangerous
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 22, 2016
Aside from being inconvenient, cumbersome, slow to operate and just downright silly (all issues that Jay pointed out earlier along with several others), the doors on our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X are dangerous. More specifically, the automated functions of these doors have caused physical harm to at least two human beings (including myself) in my presence.
Here's how it happened.
The first time, I was standing between the open front passenger door and the car. Unbeknownst to me, fellow editor Mike Magrath pressed the button to close the door. The top corner of the glass (the front door is frameless) slammed into the back of my head. Ow. Sure, you could say this is an atypical use case. But it happened. I have the bump to prove it.
The second injury occurred when I was walking past the driver-side rear door as it was closing. The sensors didn't spot me and the door smacked into my arm. My pride took a bigger hit than my flesh, but I was still more-than-miffed. I promised myself I wouldn't let the Model X abuse me further.
Occassion number three didn't involve any bodily harm to my person. Another driver got out of the front seat as the rear door was closing. Big mistake. The corner of the rear door hit him in the head. Hard. That one required a bag of ice.
Can you accidentally slam your fingers in the door of any other car on the planet? Of course. But this is different. The Tesla's doors can cause damage remotely from and largely independently of the actor.
What's more, the car can be driven, at speed, with the doors wide open. As much fun as that might be (I absolutely didn't try that on a closed course, nope, not me, that totally wasn't what I did last weekend), it certainly isn't safe.
Also, the doors will straight-up crush a gym bag. I'm not willing to put my leg in there yet but they take serious resistance from my hand to stop from closing when the sensors don't sense them. If only a seven-seater EV with all the same benefits of the Model X existed, but with none of the drawbacks from these gimmicky party pieces... Hmmmm.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 4,310 miles